Fears of Saints Peter and Paul

Sunday 30th June, 2024

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Message from Canon Kristian

Dear brothers and sisters
Over the past week, work has been taking place to put down new flooring in St Boniface.  Unfortunately, as was feared, we discovered that there was extensive rot in the wooden section of the church floor, including in the supporting joists, and therefore we have had to stop the laying of the new flooring until a builder is able to do the remedial work needed to the supporting floor structure.  As a result, we have had to close off the side section of St Boniface until that work can be done next week.  Thus, space will be even more cramp than usual on Sunday, even though the lovely new flooring has already been laid in the main body of the church.  Thank you to all those who helped move all the furniture from St Boniface after Mass last Sunday into the hall. However, I appeal for the same help to be given tomorrow, Saturday 29 June, at 11.30am to put the furniture back into the main body of the church ready for Mass on Sunday and the funeral on Monday!
It was great to see such a good number of members of the parish community come to listen to Levi Roach talk last Wednesday evening about his journey of conversion into the Catholic faith.  It was both an informative and inspiring evening, and I am grateful to Levi for accepting the invitation from the Parish Pastoral Council to come and share this important part of his life with us.
This coming week is obviously a tremendously important one for our country as the General Election takes place on Thursday.  If you have registered to vote and have not already used a postal ballot, please do go and vote on that day.  Many in our world do not enjoy the ability to vote in a democratic country, so we should all regard this as both a right and a duty that we should exercise.  Please pray carefully before you vote, and vote according to your conscience, informed by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching – General Election 2024 – Catholic Bishops’ Conference (
Along with the Newsletter this week, I attach:
  • the weekly guide to a prayerful reading of the Sunday Gospel, offered to us by Monika Manser
  • No. 121 of Inspire by Deacon Peter
  • a Summary of “The Cross of the Moment” Report (see the section in the Newsletter which gives the background to this report and the link to the full report itself)
  • the latest Newsletter from St John’s, our parish Catholic school.
As always, please pray for the sick and those in need in our community, and for those who have died.  Pat Kennedy’s Requiem Mass will take place on Wednesday 10 July at 1.00pm.
Let us hold each other in prayer too.
God bless
Canon Kristian
Canon Kristian Paver
Parish Priest
Parish of St Boniface and St James Mid Devon
40 Old Road Tiverton EX16 4HJ

St Peter and St Paul – Peter’s Pence

This Sunday is the transferred Solemnity of St Peter and St Paul. This feast is not only the celebration of the twin apostolic foundations on which the Church of Rome is founded, but it is also our annual opportunity to donate directly towards the charitable work of our Holy Father Pope Francis through the retiring collection “Peter’s Pence”. As you will be aware, Pope Francis is very active in giving aid to the poor and homeless of Rome and to those around the world who find themselves in dire need. Please be as generous as you can.

Pope’s Prayer Intention for July

This month, Pope Francis invites us to join with him in praying for the pastoral care of the sick: “Let us pray that the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick may grant the Lord’s strength to those who receive it and to their loved ones, and that it may become for everyone an ever more visible sign of compassion and hope.” To watch a short video of this prayer intention being introduced by the Holy Father himself, go to

Coffee Mornings

Please put the following Coffee Morning dates to raise funds for the internal fixtures of the rebuilt St James into your diaries:

  • Wednesday 24 July, 10.00am-12noon, Monika and David, Holmelea, 7 Blundells Avenue, Tiverton, EX16 4DL.

  • Saturday 10 August, 10.00am-12noon, Margaret and Sarah, Stylehurst, Ashley, Tiverton, EX16 5PA.

St John’s School Starmaker Production

St John’s Starmakers will be performing ‘The Jungle Book’ at the New Hall on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 July at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £6 and will be on sale after 10.00am Mass at St James’ this Sunday (cash only please) or can be reserved by emailing for collection on the door. Please include in your email which night you would like to come to and how many tickets you require. Starmakers always put on a fabulous show so please go along and support the children if you can.

St James and St Boniface Youth Club

The next meeting of the St James and St Boniface Youth Club will take place this coming Saturday 6 July, 11.00am-12.30pm, at St Boniface’s Hall, Cullompton. The Club is open to youngster aged 9-14.

Adult Formation Day

On Saturday 20 July, 10.30am-4.00pm, in the hall at St James, there will be an Adult Formation Day. Two guest speakers, Fr Michael Barrow SJ and Revd Jane Frost will explore the theme of “Risk, Adventure, Vocation”. All welcome.

Diocese of Plymouth Summer Camps 2024

Applications are now being taken for places at the Plymouth Diocese Catechetical Summer Camps at Grangehurst, Buckfast Abbey. Three: Junior Camp (Years 3-6, 4-8 August), Senior Camp (Years 7-10, 28 July-2 August) and St Petroc’s Camp (Years 11-12, 31 July-2 August). Summer Camps are a great opportunity to meet other young people in the Diocese and to get to know each other through games, quiz nights, treasure hunts, days out and much more! For further information, see the leaflet in church, contact, or speak to Siobhan Gilroy or Canon Kristian.

The Cross of the Moment

Recently a Clergy and Survivor Encounter took place in our diocese, where survivors of child sexual abuse came to speak to some of our clergy about their experiences and to offer them guidance about how they can help to support survivors in their ministry. Subsequently, the survivors who led the day shared a report called ‘The Cross of the Moment’ from Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies.  The report has been compiled following a 4-year study that listened to survivors of child sexual abuse and others affected by this across the Catholic community.  It identifies aspects of Catholic culture that are implicated in how abuse happened and how the responses to reports of abuse often lack compassion.  This report contains information that will be of interest to those within the Catholic community besides the clergy, and a full copy can be downloaded directly from the university website: A Summary of the Report is attached to the Newsletter.

Vacancy for a New Parish Secretary

The Diocese is recruiting for a Parish Secretary for St James and St Boniface, Mid Devon – 16 hours per week, Tuesday-Friday, based at The Presbytery, 40 Old Road, Tiverton – to manage the administrative and secretarial support to ensure the smooth running of the parish and to enable the parish priest to carry out his diocesan responsibilities. Closing date 1 July 2024. For more information about both roles and to obtain a full job description, please visit the careers page on the Diocese of Plymouth website. To apply, please send your application form and covering letter to

Lay Dominican South West Regional Day

Any Catholics in our diocese who may be interested in joining the Lay Dominicans, or simply wish to find out who they are and what they are about, are very warmly invited to the Lay Dominican South West Regional Day which will be held on Saturday 20 July, 10.00am—5.00pm, at the Church of Our Lady and the Angels, Saltash. The day will include a talk from Fr Thomas-Thérèse Mannion OP, National Promoter of the Lay Dominicans. Registration is not strictly necessary, but it would help for organisational purposes. If you would like to register or receive further information, contact Geraldine on Light refreshments will be provided, and please bring a packed lunch. The event is free, but donations would be welcome.

Masses and Events this week

Sunday 30th June – Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

  • Saturday 29 June – Vigil of St Peter and St Paul

    • Property and Finance Meeting at 9.30am in the Hall
    • Holy Baptism of Bejamin Szewczyk and Leon Rys at 2.00pm
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm

    Sunday 30 June – Solemnity of St Peter and St Paul

    • Holy Mass Pro Populo
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)

    Monday 1 July – St Oliver Plunket, Bishop and Martyr

    • Funeral Service for Jean Moore RIP at 1.30pm (St Boniface)
    • Singing to Remember at 2.00pm in the Hall

    Tuesday 2 July – Weekday (13th Week in Ordinary Time)

    • Holy Mass at 10.00am

    Wednesday 3 July – St Thomas, Apostle

    • No Mass today at St Boniface

    Thursday 4 July – Bl John Cornelius and Companions, Martyrs

    • Holy Mass at 6.00pm

    Friday 5 July – Weekday

    • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions at 11.30am
    • Holy Mass at 12noon
    • Prayer of the Holy Rosary at 12.30pm

    Saturday 6 July – Weekday

    • Friends of St James and St Boniface at 9.30am in the Hall
    • Youth Club, 11.00am-12.30pm, in the Hall (St Boniface)
    • Laudato Si’ Group at 4.00pm in the Hall
    • Vigil Mass of Sunday at 6.00pm Pro Populo

    Sunday 7 July – Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

    • Holy Mass John Newbery RIP (anniv)
    • Holy Mass at 11.30am (at St Boniface)